Abigail’s Restaurant

291 3rd Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
617-945-9086

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Abigail’s

Abigail’s in Kendall Square offers a fun spot to grab a flatbread and beer after work (or during lunch—they’re open all day). The building’s recessed corner provides a perfect nest for Abigail’s patio, where two-tone wooden furniture and orange umbrellas welcome guests to linger over an outdoor snack or enjoy a cocktail.

Alba Restaurant

1486 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02186
617-376-2522

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Alba

With high walls and lush greenery, Alba’s rooftop dining area makes it easy to forget that you’re dining in the middle of Quincy Center. It’s a perfect location for eating a steak under the stars or enjoying the game with a cold drink and some fresh air.

Alden & Harlow

40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-864-2100

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Alden & Harlow

The subterranean spot on Brattle Street is bringing their cult favorite Secret Burger outdoors with their large patio. The seasonal hang sports blue umbrellas so you can lounge in the shade while you sip a cocktail and people watch in Harvard Square.

Amelia’s Trattoria

111 Harvard Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-868-7600

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Amelia's Trattoria

Amelia’s Trattoria, just outside Kendall Square, offers folks at nearby MIT and the biotech firms a perfect spot to get some fresh air and recharge over lunch or dinner en plein air. The petit sidewalk patio is lined with flowering plants and shrubs, and covered by shade-casting umbrellas.

Aquitaine

569 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02118
617-424-8577

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Aquitaine Boston

Aquitaine, the grande dame of the South End’s French restaurants, recently unveiled its brand new sidewalk patio – twenty years in the making. The elegant little Tremont Street perch is lined with planters and shaded by striped umbrellas (très chic, as the French would say).

Aquitaine Dedham

950 Providence Highway
Dedham, MA 02026
781-471-5212

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Aquitaine Dedham

With a little more room to spread out – one of the perks of their suburban location – Aquitaine Dedham at Legacy Place is the only of the three Aquitaine locations to boast outdoor seating. Enjoy classic French fare en plein air.

Area Four Boston

264 East Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02118
857-317-4805

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Area Four Boston

Area Four Boston brings their signature fare, cooked in and over open flames, to the great outdoors. Swing by their South End patio to enjoy a pizza pie, or one of their coveted meat or fish entrees, while basking in the evening sun.

Area Four Cambridge

500 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-758-4444

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Area Four

Looking out over the green at Technology Square, Area Four’s sidewalk patio is a perfect perch for an outdoor meal. Snag one of the wrought iron tables for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy chef-owner Michael Leviton's menu of small plates, sandwiches or breakfast pastries with a cup of coffee.

ArtBar

40 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02142
617-806-4122

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ArtBar

ArtBar, the Royal Sonesta’s signature restaurant, may be one of the city’s best kept al fresco secrets. The riverside patio, practically on the banks of the Charles, offers shaded tables where diners can escape the summer sun, and spectacular views of the twinkling Boston skyline after the sun goes down.

ArtScience Culture Lab & Cafe

650 East Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
857-999-2193

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Cafe ArtScience

Not to be contained, Café ArtScience’s creative fusion overflows onto the Cambridge restaurant’s patio during the warm summer months. Snag one of the first-come, first-served tables to enjoy an inhalable cocktail from co-founder Todd Maul or exquisite bites from the kitchen.

Ashmont Grill

555 Talbot Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-825-4300

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Ashmont Grill

Warmed by powerful heat lamps and a central fire pit, Dorchester diners can sit outside from mid-spring well into October at Ashmont Grill. Chef-owner Chris Douglass, also of Tavolo, serves up delicious, fresh-from-the-farm comfort food at neighborhood joint prices.

Babbo Enoteca e Pizzeria

11 Fan Pier Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210
617-421-4466

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Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca

Enjoy pizza (or pasta or whatever your hungry little heart desires) on the patio Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca. The Boston outpost of Mario Batali’s constantly-expanding empire is situated right on Fan Pier so you can enjoy the salt air with your salumi (or your sorbetto).

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